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Congressional candidate Roger Allison might be new to the political game, but his fundraiser this Friday packs a heavy punch with conservative headliner Candace Owens.
“Let’s be honest. Over the years, the black population has voted Democratic, but it is generational tendency and they were just born to think that way,” said Allison, who will face off against U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-Wilson, for the 1st Congressional District seat in November. “But in the case of Candace Owens who influenced Kanye West, I can’t help but like the way she thinks because she is hope, not just for blacks, but whites too.”
Owens will be the keynote speaker at Allison’s Night for Our Rights fundraiser scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Angus Barn in Raleigh. She is communications director for Turning Point USA, a conservative group known for its outreach to college students, and is a frequent commentator on cable news shows.
Hip-hop artist Kanye West touched off a debate on the role of race in politics when he praised Owens in an April 21 tweet and later expressed support for President Donald Trump. He also retweeted Chance the Rapper, who wrote “Black people don’t have to be Democrats.”
Other speakers include N.C. Values Coalition Executive Director Tami Fitzgerald, Frederick Douglass Foundation North Carolina chapter Vice Chairwoman Valerie Johnson, independent N.C. House candidate Ken Fontenot from Wilson and Mark Robinson, whose gun rights speech to the Greensboro City Council went viral in April.
“I’ve admired Mark Robinson from the very first day when he stood up and he gave his speech in front of the Greensboro council that he has not even jaywalked in his life, but he’s having his rights taken away,” Allison said. “He said he’s the majority and he doesn’t want others telling him what kind of gun he can have, what place he can use it, etc.”
Allison described the heavy-hitting speakers at the event as “warring angels” who echo his own thoughts on unemployment, poverty, education and health care.
“The heritage that G.K. Butterfield has given us is not one of growth or prosperity,” he said.
He said after 14 years in Congress, Butterfield has lost touch with his constituents.
“As a constitutionalist, I believe our founding fathers did not create the House of Representatives to be an elite group of attorneys that have lost touch with the people. That is what makes me as mad as anything,” Allison said. “We’re being left behind while the swamp gets worse up there. They get used to being the president of the black caucus or other groups, then they start speaking for those groups instead of the people in their congressional district.”
Allison said if elected, he’ll use his experience starting eight companies to address economic issues.
“I want voters to see a candidate that is fighting for the heart of the community,” he said. “I want them to realize there is another way to vote rather than just keeping up the same thing that has been done for 14 years. Rather than things to continue to get worse, it could get better.
“They’ve been betrayed and deceived, but they can trust in me that I’m willing to put it all on the line. They can believe what I say, and what I want these speakers to do is reiterate that no one is alone. We can do this and we can make a difference together.”
Tickets start at $80 for students or $100 for adults and include a multi-course meal with drinks. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit rogerallisonforcongress.com/night-for-our-rights/.